Garden City Elementary created a Little Free Library to encourages reading by providing community members an opportunity to both take a book and leave a book. Little Free Libraries have been popping up all over the country since their inception in 2009 by a former schoolteacher from Hudson, Wisconsin.

Garden City’s Little Free Library is designed to be part of the school’s neighborhood, for use by Garden City families and the friends living in the area. The Garden City student Blue Crew will contribute to community by maintaining the school’s Little Free Library ensuring it remains stocked. Garden City’s Little Free Library is specifically meant to house children’s themed books intended for readers in grades K-5.

-June 2015

For more than ten years, Weaver Lake Elementary has partnered with the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab to study and rear monarchs. While students successfully raised and released more than 600 monarch larvae the first year, the curriculum has been impacted by the decline in monarchs. As a result, students are keenly tuned in to the conversation around the decline of Monarchs and wanted to do something to make a difference.

This year, with the help of a grant and maintenance support from the local Pheasants Forever chapter and the Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, more than 100 Weaver Lake fifth graders will help plant a half-acre plot of prairie at the school. This prairie will be created to attract monarchs and pollinators. Local Pheasants Forever members have agreed to partner with Weaver Lake to help maintain the prairie for five years to help it become established.

-June 2015